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Opinions: What they're saying about Wild vs. Sharks

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The Wild's April meltdown against good hockey teams continues.

Despite wins against lackluster Calgary and Edmonton, Minnesota has dropped three consecutive games against playoff contenders: Chicago, St. Louis and, last night, San Jose.

The final at the Shark Tank last night was 6-1, a step backwards for a team trying to inch upwards in a tight Western Conference playoff race.

Right now, Minnesota is just two points ahead of eighth-place Columbus and four points ahead of ninth-place Dallas with four games to go.

Here's a roundup of what sportswriters and bloggers are saying, the morning after:

Hockey Wilderness blog, SB Nation: "We have 3 very winnable games left and 1 tough one when we welcome the Los Angeles Kings to town this Tuesday. At this point their are no excuses for missing the playoffs."

Chad Graff, Pioneer Press: "A big chance went down the drain heading into the final week of the regular season."

Michael Russo, Star Tribune: "We’ll see if this humbling experience tonight proves to be a wake-up call. The Wild ... hasn’t beaten a team ahead of it in the standings since March 30 against Los Angeles."

Mike Doyle, Wild.com:"Minnesota just looked out of sync tonight and it didn’t get any help from the hockey gods, as the Sharks’ first goal actually went off a Wild player."

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